Two young lives honored through blood drive

Posted at 10:28 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 08:41:46-04

Two schools, one goal ... a dual drive to save lives is happening this weekend in the Town of Tonawanda.

The event is being organized by the parents of Nolan Burch and Paul Englert Junior.

Nolan passed away during his freshman year at West Virginia University.  His death has been linked to a possible hazing incident. Paul died suddenly in 2013 from a blood clot.  

The teens went to rival high schools, Nolan was a graduate of Canisius, Paul graduated from St. Joe's.

Now, their parents are hoping this long-standing school rivalry will spur others to join a life-saving mission. A blood drive is being held on Saturday from 10am - 3pm at the Ellwood Fire Company on Englewood Avenue.  All donations will stay right here in Western New York.

"It helps in a way knowing that Nolan has changed things," said Kimberly Burch, Nolan's mother.

"We're just trying to keep his memory alive and help other people," said Denise Englert, Paul Jr.'s mother.

Lets see which school brings in the most donors!